Steve Hayn has had the job for two weeks, but Rutgers made things official on Tuesday.
The school officially announced Hayn has been promoted to an assistant coach role after three seasons as a senior advisor to head coach Steve Pikiell. Hayn replaces Jay Young, who left Rutgers in March to become the head coach at Fairfield.
Hayn was involved in alumni-relations development, community outreach, and life-skills development as Rutgers’ senior advisor. The Long Island native took over Young’s responsibilities on an interim basis when he left, including trips on the road recruiting.
“After meeting with many qualified candidates during a broad search, the best person for the position occupied the office next to mine,” Pikiell said in a release. “Steve Hayn has been a successful head coach at the collegiate and high school levels, while specializing in the development of big men. His skill set and relationships are a perfect fit for our program as we continue our work towards the post-season.”
Pikiell and Hayn have a long history of working together, spending time as assistants at Central Connecticut State in the late 1990s. Hayn boasts more than 25 years of collegiate experience, including 17 seasons as a head coach. Before landing at Rutgers, he was the head coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy for two seasons from 2014-16. He was named the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Division-2 coach of the year in 2014.
Hayn also served as a collegiate head coach at Dowling College, Stevens Institute of Technology, SUNY-Fredonia and his high school alma mater in Port Jefferson, N.Y. Hayn is a Stony Brook graduate.
(NJ Advance Media’s Keith Sargeant contributed to this report.)
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